A$AP Rocky has been charged with two counts of assault with a firearm after he was arrested for shooting at a former friend and “mob mate” in November last year.
Rocky – born Rakim Mayers – was arrested at Los Angeles Airport on April 20 on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after returning from a trip with then-pregnant partner Rihanna.
He is currently out on $550,000 (£456,400) bail.
“Firing a gun in a public place is a serious crime that could have had tragic consequences, not only for the person attacked, but also for innocent bystanders visiting Hollywood,” Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon said. in a statement following Rocky’s arrest on Monday (Aug. 15).
“My office conducted a thorough review of the evidence in this case and determined that the addition of a specific firearms allegation was warranted,” he continued.
The Independent has reached out to Rocky’s rep for comment.
Last week, Rocky’s former friend and colleague of hip-hop collective A$AP Mob, Relli – real name Terell Ephron – came forward as the alleged victim of the shooting.
In a statement to Rolling Stonepublished Aug. 10, Relli’s attorneys said her client is suing Rocky, 33, in civil court for “caused irreparable damage to his career in the entertainment industry” after the Los Angeles shooting.
Relli’s attorneys, Jamal Tooson and Brian Hurwitz, told the publication Rocky allegedly lured Relli to a central Hollywood location on November 6, 2021 to “discuss a disagreement between the two.”
“After they arrived at the scene, a conversation ensued during which, without provocation, warning or any justification, A$AP Rocky pulled out the pistol and deliberately fired multiple shots at Mr. Ephron,” they alleged.
Relli was “hit by bullets/fragments” and received medical attention, according to his lawsuit.
In Relli’s lawsuit, the producer and talent manager also alleges that he received “multiple death threats and irreparable damage to his career in the entertainment industry” as a result of the incident.
Accordingly, he demands damages of at least 25,000 US dollars Rolling Stone.
Mayers is scheduled to be charged in Los Angeles on Wednesday (August 17).
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